Create commands to control online services & devices

You can create your own commands for your Google Assistant using IFTTT. See services and devices you can control.

IFTTT is a separate company from Google. The name stands for "If this, then that." 

For example, if you say:

  • "It’s time to wake up," then your automated coffee maker turns on
  • "Tell my friends I'm going sailing," then a status update is posted to your social network

Together, your custom phrase and action is called an Applet. To create an IFTTT Applet or use ones that other people have created, follow the steps below.

Fix an Applet that isn’t working

If an Applet isn’t working, here are some ways to fix the issue:

  • Try repeating your phrase. Speak clearly and naturally.
  • Make sure your Web & App Activity is turned on.
  • See if you’re using one of the phrases in your Applet. If there’s only one phrase in your Applet, try adding other ways of saying the same phrase. Follow these steps to see or edit an Applet
  • If you’re using the Google Assistant on a phone, make sure you’re signed in with the Google Account you used to create the Applet. To see which account you're signed in to on your phone, long press the Home button and then Tap Explore and then In the top right, tap your profile picture or initial and then Account. The account will be selected.

Remove IFTTT from your Google Account

  1. Go to your list of apps connected to your Google Account.
  2. If you haven’t already, sign in to your account.
  3. Select IFTTT and then Remove.
  4. Repeat for every IFTTT service connected to your account.
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